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Fixing Pirate's Cove: SLO County supervisors to choose from 3 options

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After years of talking about how to fix the public safety issues at Pirate's Cove, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors will be deciding between three possible solutions at its Tuesday meeting.

"It's the graffiti, it's the trash and it's the criminal activity. Those are the things that are keeping away a lot of people who would go there and enjoy it," said Nick Franco, Director of San Luis Obispo County Parks. 

Visitors Joey Long and Carly Woessner of Bakersfield say the graffiti and trash in the cave are an eyesore. 

"It's just straight up graffiti, not art," Long said. 

"The trash just piles up and it's sad. Something really does need to be done," Woessner said.

The three options the County Board of Supervisors will be considering are:

  1. Making minimal improvements, such as adding trash cans and enacting parking restrictions. The parking restrictions would include adding a gate that would be closed after certain hours, but the area would remain open to pedestrians at all times.
  2. Hiring additional law enforcement officers: sheriff's deputies to patrol the area and park rangers to clean up the trash and graffiti.
  3. Selling Pirates Cove. The sale would still keep the trail and beach access open to the public. 

"We can't just clean the graffiti and trash. It'll come again. We need to get to the root of the problem," Franco said. "If people come out and tell us why they care so much and help us try and figure out the best way to care for this area, that's what we want to hear." 

The County Board of Supervisors meeting takes place Tuesday starting at 9 a.m.

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